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Today's News

  • DPU explains gas leak

    More details emerged Thursday regarding the gas leak that forced the Los Alamos Middle School to go into shelter for about an hour Wednesday.
    James Richardson, the deputy utilities manager for gas, water and sewer, said a contractor who was installing underground cable, accidentally drilled a one-inch hole into a four-inch medium gas main. The drilling took place on middle school property and Richardson estimated the leak was about 500 feet from the nearest building.
    Richardson said the call came in at 12:15 p.m. Richardson said it took crews 20 minutes to get to the site. It took 10 minutes to isolate the leak and another 20 minutes to pinch the leak.
    Richardson said that gas was restored to the school by 2:30 p.m.
    “It’s always serious when there is a hole in the gas line,” Richardson said. “But there was no fire and no explosion. We dug a hole and let the gas escape.
    “The middle school was sheltered and there was no danger to kids. … I am proud of our guys. They got on it fast. They isolated it and restored service quickly.”
    Richardson said the contractor followed proper protocol in contacting the 811 locate system before they started drilling. Richardson said DPU was notified by 811 and the utilities companies told them about possible lines.

  • Update 10-10-14

    Farmers' Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Tony Chan on Travels Along the Silk Road.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Studio Tour

    Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday/ Start at Fuller Lodge to pick up tour brochure, then work your way around Los Alamos and White Rock to visit artists’ studios.

    Web Crew

    The Los Alamos Middle School eighth grade leaders from the Web Crew are inviting all mid-school seventh graders to a game and movie night today. Students are encouraged to bring a snack to share, no nuts and come to the cafeteria from 6-8 p.m. Questions 470-0841.

    Trivia

    History & Science Trivia. 8:30 p.m. Monday at Pajarito Brewpub in recognition of Ada Lovelace Day celebrating women in science. Prizes awarded to top three teams.  

  • Carriers recognized on International Newspaper Carrier Day

    Each year, one day is set aside to recognize the accomplishments of carriers who work hard to get the newspaper in the hands of our readers. The Newspaper Association of America and the newspaper industry have designated Saturday as International Newspaper Carrier Day, a salute to the hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers who deliver to 133 million print readers throughout the world every week. International Newspaper Carrier Day is held in conjunction with National Newspaper Week, Oct. 5 -11, which is sponsored separately by the Newspaper Association Managers.
    Barney Flaherty was hired as the first paperboy in September 1833 by the New York Sun, according to newspaper lore. Since then, other people have picked up newspaper delivery routes and contributed to the newspaper industry and society. Many former newspaper carriers have achieved great success in business, entertainment, politics, and the press. John Wayne, Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, Willard Scott, J. Edgar Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, and Chief Justice Earl Warren to name just a few.
    At the Los Alamos Monitor, we have 60 routes and contract 32 carriers and drivers who deliver your paper to your door five days a week. At present, we need another eight carriers to complete routes.

  • Parks to take over as LANL Foundation CEO

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation announces that its board of directors has named Jennifer Parks as the next Chief Executive Officer effective mid-January 2015.
    She will assume the role currently held by Susan Herrera, who announced earlier this year her plan to retire after 17 years as its founding director.
    Parks joins the LANL Foundation from the New Mexico Community Foundation, where since 2010 she has served as President and CEO, guiding the organization in its mission to support New Mexico’s most underserved communities, strengthen nonprofits and grow philanthropy by connecting donors to valuable projects and vulnerable communities.
    Under Parks’ leadership, NMCF awarded $17 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals throughout New Mexico, launched initiatives in statewide giving and increasing opportunities for women and girls, managed several emergency funds, acted as fiscal sponsor for approximately 50 nonprofits, and grew the endowment from $12 million to over $18 million, with $26 million in total assets.
    She is also a leader in the collaboration with five major community foundations to investigate shared efficiency and statewide impact.

  • Rainbow over Central Avenue

    Los Alamos was hit by a torrential thunderstorm that included hail Thursday. But after the storm passed, a rainbow appeared over Central Avenue. 

  • Accused child molester faces more charges

    Christopher Davis, the 22-year-old Los Alamos man who was arrested on charges for having sex with two 14 and 15-year-old girls in May of this year, was hit with additional charges.
    According to New Mexico Assistant Attorney General Ken A. Graham, the 14 additional charges stem from the same case the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office opened up against Davis in June.
    In June, Davis was arrested on four counts of criminal sexual penetration, a fourth-degree felony; one count of criminal sexual communication with a child, a fourth-degree felony; child solicitation by an electronic communication device, a third-degree felony and sexual exploitation of children (manufacturing, a second-degree felony.
    At a hearing in district court Wednesday, Graham announced that Davis will also be charged with four counts of criminal sexual communication with a child, a fourth-degree felony; three counts of child solicitation by an electronic communication device with a child between 13 and 16 years of age, a third-degree felony; and seven counts of criminal sexual penetration, a fourth-degree felony.

  • LWV holds final voter forum

    The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos held its final voter forum on Thursday.
    The first half of the evening was dedicated to an overview of proposed changes to the Structure of Government section of the County Charter.
    Former Charter Review Committee member Kyle Wheeler and Larry Warner, who served as vice chair, presented the information.
    The summary and rationale for proposed changes is as follows:
    1. Clarify that the election of the council chair shall occur annually. The current charter requires election of a council chair, but does not specify an annual election of the council chair. This proposed change clarifies and formalizes the current practice of annual elections.
    2. Strengthen recognition of the council chair as the head of county government. The current charter recognizes the council chair as head of the government for purposes of emergency law. Adding clarifying language that the council chair will also be recognized as the head of county government for the purpose of intergovernmental relations and ceremonial purposes eliminates potential ambiguity in the new areas and further strengthens visibility of the chair as the county’s leader.

  • Holly Holm making UFC debut in December

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The world’s former No. 1-rated female boxer is set to make her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.
    The UFC announced Thursday that Holly Holm will fight Colorado native Raquel Pennington on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    The 32-year-old Albuquerque boxer turned mixed martial arts fighter signed with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion in July after months of negotiations. Fans hope Holm’s signing means an eventual fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
    Last year, Holm announced her retirement from boxing to focus on an MMA career. She has a 33-2-3 record as a boxer and is 7-0 as an MMA fighter.
    The unbeaten women’s bantamweight fighter says although she wants to eventually fight Rousey, she knows she has more MMA training to do.
    “When I first started doing MMA, people asked me what my goal was in this, and my goal is to be the first female that has titles in both MMA and boxing because nobody’s done that,” Holm said. shortly after signing with UFC. “And it’s totally doable, and that’s my plan.”
    Pennington has a 4-4 MMA record. She lost a close split decision to Jessica Andrade in March.
    Holm currently is ranked No. 15 among women’s bantamweight fighters, UFC.com says.

  • Hawk XC earns 3 top spots

     The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk cross country teams earned three first-place team finishes at the Santa Fe Indian School meet last weekend.
    The Hawk seventh grade boys, eighth grade girls and eighth grade boys all took top spots in team competition in Santa Fe Saturday. The Hawk eighth grade boys finished with just 21 team points, taking four of the top five individual slots and six of the top 10.
    Individually at that meet, LAMS’ Jevon Montoya won the eighth grade boys race with his time of 9 minutes, 47 seconds, while Paulina Burnside paced the eighth grade girls race for the Hawks. She finished in 12 minutes, 8 seconds.
    Hunter Swavely had a second-place finish in the boys seventh grade race, posting a time of 11:07.
    Along with those three team wins, LAMS’ seventh grade girls finished with 78 points, which was good enough for second place in that contest.

    ’Toppers thump Santa Fe, Del Norte

  • LA is looking to reverse its fortunes

    It’s a new football season for the teams in District 2-5A and for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, it’s a safe bet they’re not sorry to see the old season go.
    Los Alamos starts district play tonight when they host the Capital Jaguars. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    It’s been rough going, to say the very least, for the Hilltoppers. They finished their nondistrict slate 0-6 and have just 25 points to show for it, none in the last six quarters.
    Moreover, the Hilltoppers have had a slew of injuries which started during the preseason. Last week, in a big loss to the Santa Fe Demons, the team’s top newcomer, Jarrett Genero, had to watch from the sideline on crutches.
    While things may look bleak for Los Alamos’ outlook heading into district, the team should take some solace in knowing that it’s hardly much better for most of its 2-5A opponents.
    Excluding Española Valley, which is actually having one of the best seasons in its history so far, the district teams went a combined 4-16 in the first six weeks of 2014. The only other team besides Española Valley to win more than one nondistrict game was Capital.